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election. on november 6th president obama beat republican rival mitt romney to win a second term. what other stories topped the list and what do they tell us about the world we live in today. john fund is a columnist for "national review magazine" he joins us to weigh in on this. john, good to see you. merry christmas to you. >> thank you. kelly: we hope you're doing well. we know the top story was the election, it was a bitter fight to the end, president obama winning re-election. what does it tell us, though, about the campaign of mitt romney, and the mood of the country then, because we had so many other big stories affect the outcome of the election. >> well, this election, i think, was a very curious one, because president obama made some history. normal lee an incumbent with an economy that weak and no particular prospects of it getting better wouldn't have won re-election. but president obama was able to take advantage of i think dramatic stumbles on the part of mitt romney, the 47% line and various other things, absolutely. kelly: does it surprise you that mitt romney's people
absolutely. he feels like he won a mandate and let's be clear, he won handily. he beat mitt romney handily in the election so he's walking away thinking he's got a mandate and that's why he's deeply dug in. the problem with that mandate is of course to say we want to -- he calls it a balanced approach. that is sort of a vague kind of campaign promise nobody really knows -- it's always sounding good but i don't think people are sure what it means. the problem is on the other side, with the republicans in the house, they have a mandate too. they won too. some of them won by larger margins and their mandate was the poms promises they made is they'll not vote to raise taxing for anyone. they'll fix the problem and stop spending and not raise taxes so they're in a bind when legislation comes to the house. they're not going to run in the street and stop anything that comes through. but they're not going to vote for something that raises taxes and that puts president obama and house republicans at loggerhead. >> i'm listening to what you say about the republicans and they have changed the limits,
campaign rushed to talk about this as a political screen by mitt romney. and they didn't own up to the fact that there was a terrorist attack on 9/11. they didn't recognize it immediately as a terrorist attack. the media here have missed the story because we have allowed political reporters and not serious report -- reporters to conduct the investigation. >> some of those political reporters, they are serious people. finally what do you expect mrs. clinton will say she can get beyond this? >> i think that remains to be seen. we just don't know what secretary clinton knew, what she approved, did her political deputy protect her? did he keep information from her because he is a very political guy? clearly has been a loyal soldier to secretary clinton, so did he cover up? that's a huge question of whether or not her deputies kept things from her to protect her, or if she knew about these cables and she made the decision. we need to know these answers. >> those are the questions that the members of congress may or may not be asking when they have these hearings. rick, thank you for your time. h
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